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The Congress for the New Urbanism will offer numerous free public events, open to all Savannah-area residents, during its annual Congress, May 15-19, 2018. Event details and attendance information follow.
Wednesday, May 16 - Saturday, May 19: A "Pavement to Park" pop-up park at the Savannah Civic Center from Wednesday, May 16 to Saturday, May 19, created by Savannah-based W Projects and The Revival Society. (Except for a private event Thursday evening, this space is free and open to the public all day Wednesday, until 7 pm Thursday, and all day and evening Friday.
Tuesday, May 15 - “Downtown Savannah 2033” / 5:30 PM / DeSoto Hotel, 15 East Liberty Street
Community leaders and plan participants will present and discuss their community-led vision process for Savannah’s downtown, as it looks towards its 300th anniversary. Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/downtown-savannah-2033
Wednesday, May 16 - “Walkable City: A Talk by Jeff Speck” / 4:00 – 5:00 PM / Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St
City planner and best-selling author Jeff Speck leads a lively discussion of the techniques that New Urbanists use to help communities thrive through better walkability.
Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/core-walkable-city
Wednesday, May 16 - “Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning, and Practice: CNU Keynote Address by Julian Agyeman” / 5:30 – 7:00 PM / Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Avenue
Urban planning expert and thought leader Julian Agyeman, Ph.D, on his concept of 'just sustainabilities:' the integration of social justice and sustainability goals. Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/just-sustainabilities-policy-planning-and-practice
Thursday, May 17 - “What I Found in a Thousand Towns: An Evening of Words and Music” with Kennedy Smith and Dar Williams / 5:30 - 7:30 PM / Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave
Economic development expert Kennedy Smith and singer/songwriter Dar Williams offer insights—in words and music—into how to strengthen small towns and cities. Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/economic-development-small-and-mid-sized-cities-what-i-found-thousand-towns
Friday, May 18 - “Livable Cities for the 21st Century: A talk by Jan Gehl” / 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM / Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Avenue
Noted Danish architect Jan Gehl describes the value of creating cities that put people first. Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/livable-cities-21st-century
Saturday, May 19 - “Savannah Day/Savannah As Platform: The Legacy Projects” / 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM / Christ Church, 28 Bull Street
A day of presentations on the Legacy Charrettes, a set of design workshops that took place in East Savannah, Southside Savannah, and the Town of Brunswick during March 2018. For additional information on times and programming, visit cnu.org/cnu26 Register at https://www.cnu.org/event/savannah-day-and-savannah-platform